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Addressing critical challenges

April 2024 update from Wilton Park Chief Executive, Tom Cargill.


This month Wilton Park hosted meetings of both our advisory council and board. The Wilton Park Advisory Council is an important source of expertise and support to our work, while the board provides oversight and guidance. We were able to report good news. During the last financial year, we hit our financial targets again, covering all our costs through income generated.

During that time we hosted 78 events bringing together over 3,200 people from across 137 countries. Our priorities have included support for Ukraine and for interfaith dialogue, including wherever possible on the Middle East, building global consensus on migration, promoting faster and more effective action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and mobilise the finance required to do so, and championing the rights of women and girls.

We have also worked to improve access to green climate finance, particularly for smaller and Commonwealth countries. Finally, we have been doing more to support global trade. This is all quite apart from our substantive work on defence and security issues, and our growing focus on technology including cyber and AI.

It has been a busy year, and the coming year promises to be busier still, discreetly convening key officials and experts from around the world to find practical ways forward on critical challenges – for both UK and global benefit.

Ambassadorial Summit

On April 25 – 26 we welcomed key foreign diplomats and their UK counterparts to Wilton Park for our second Ambassadorial Summit.

The focus this year was the UK’s forthcoming Europe agenda, with the dialogue offering space for participants to share insights, build relationships and spend time thinking beyond day-to-day business.

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Upcoming events

Accelerating sustainable development in Africa: scaling up peaceful nuclear uses

Among the many challenges that developing countries face, energy poverty is the most critical. Nuclear power can contribute to bringing billions of people out of poverty while mitigating carbon emissions and global warming. This dialogue will explore how nuclear technology can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Addressing the rise of global hatred on the basis of religion or belief

Hatred on the basis of religion or belief including hate speech, crimes, discrimination and violence is on the rise. Longstanding conflicts and widespread violations of rights as well as acute events such as the COVID 19 pandemic and the Israel-Hamas conflict, have exacerbated the increase. During this dialogue, we will turn our attention to how to address that rise in global hatred.

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Climate and Development Ministerial Technical Experts: Programmatic, accessible and scaled adaptation finance for LDCs and SIDS

The Climate and Development Ministerial (C&DM) process was initiated in 2021 by the UK as COP26 President Delegate to provide a forum in which to unite and support climate and development ministers to find solutions to address the priorities of climate-vulnerable countries.

At this event, we will bring together key policy makers and technical experts from a range of donor governments, Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and financial institutions to implement the vision, goals and priority actions agreed through the Climate and Development Ministerial (C&DM) process and contained within the Coalition of Ambition on Adaptation Finance.

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Recent events

Read about our latest events, on responsible behaviour in cyberspace and the challenges to implementing gender policy in conflict contexts.

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Latest ideas from Wilton Park


Hanna Tetteh, Under Secretary General and Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa, discusses the impact of conflicts in the East Africa region.


Justine Greening, Founder, Social Mobility Pledge, Former Secretary of State for Department for International Development (DFID), explains the importance of building women’s empowerment into climate transactions

Latest report

“When you hit a child, their brain freezes. You cannot learn when you are scared. You cannot have foundational learning where there is violence.” Read our report on addressing violence in and through education.

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Looking ahead

Tackling disinformation about wind power

The rapid scale up of wind power is essential to increasing renewable energy, but in some markets disinformation on wind power is the single biggest blocker to wind energy deployment.

This dialogue in May will bring together experts in disinformation and the media, stakeholders from the wind energy sector, climate and nature leaders, and government players to explore the latest forensic research on the networks behind disinformation campaigns, share case studies on attempts to disrupt them, and the toolkits needed to respond, all with the aim of agreeing effective approaches and ways to collaborate more successfully.

Wilton Park is open to new private sector partnership ideas

We’re delighted to let you know that Nikki Mason has joined us to take up a new position as Head of Partnership Development. This is part of our strategic aim to expand our partnership and engagement collaboration network. We would love to hear from businesses that are impacted by global issues including:

Resilience & Risk
Predicting future trends & scenario planning
Sustainability and financing green development
Environmental, Social, and Governance
Technology trends
Global regulatory, trade and tax
Youth & future workforce trends
Trade & investment opportunities

If you are interested in finding out more about Wilton Park private sector partnership opportunities, please email Nikki at

Walkers in the 2023 Gerties Hospital charity walk

We’re helping children fight cancer

In May, Wilton Park colleagues will be taking part in our second charity walk for Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. We hope to raise funds for work diagnosing and treating children with cancer. If you’d like to support us, you can donate below.

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